Gosh. It's a new year already. What the crap happened to the last one, huh? I realize I'm starting to sound a bit senile here, but I mean it. This year has gone by insanely fast. A lot of things have happened, both personally and professionally this year, and most of it has been really seriously awesome. I try not to get too intimate on this blog, but it's not awful to admit that this has been a hell of a year.
It's the year I got to meet my brother-in-law (well, future brother-in-law, but we're not far off now), got to live with some of my best friends (which was awesome), got to strike out on my own after living with my best friends (which was sad), started teaching, realized I loved teaching, finally figured out what the hell I'm doing with my life, and started putting my artwork in frames like a grownup.
This year I didn't get into grad school, I crashed my car, I had a complete emotional meltdown complete with raccoon eyes and mascara everywhere, and I utterly failed at going paleo. Cookies are awesome.
It's also the year that I stopped blogging for three months, then started back up again and realized how much I really love doing this. This year I finally actually made friends with the people I met online (hello!), and I really don't regret that at all. This year I did my first celebrity interviews and finally got to meet a lot of my heroes. I got my first press pass, bought business cards, and wrote for a website other than my own.
Also this year? Wrote almost 200,000 words worth of reviews, rants, and meaningful frustrated ponderings, hit a quarter of a million pageviews, and finally started using twitter. A little bit. I still don't use it that much.
So, thanks. You guys are great. It's been a hell of a year, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to be even more ridiculous. It usually is.